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MD Elective Catalog

NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers elective courses in 24 different clinical areas. You complete courses in designated two- or four-week elective blocks in stage three and stage four of the MD curriculum. Learn more about when electives take place and the elective lottery process.

Students matriculated at our school can access the SOLARIS (Kerberos ID and password required for login) to participate in elective lotteries and manage their schedules. Enrolling in electives is slightly different for visiting students.

We also provide information about the process of completing and receiving credit for “away” electives at other U.S. medical schools or teaching hospitals for NYU Grossman School of Medicine students.

Other Options for Earning Elective Credits

You can also earn elective credits in custom areas by completing an individual preceptorship or elective. To do this, you need guidance from a faculty mentor and approval from the senior associate dean for medical education.

To explore these options, complete the appropriate application (preceptorship, research elective, service learning elective) and submit it to the Registrar’s Office as indicated on the form.

Elective Course Topics

Browse elective course information, expectations, and prerequisites by topic

Anesthesiology
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dermatology
Emergency Medicine
Forensic Medicine
Gross Anatomy
Interdepartmental Electives
Medicine
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedic Surgery
Otolaryngology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Plastic Surgery
Psychiatry
Radiology
Radiation Oncology
Rehabilitation Medicine
Surgery
Urology

Elective Course Dates

During the elective lottery, you rank the available elective date blocks based on personal preference. After the lottery closes, you have up until 60 days before the elective start date to drop, add, or modify your elective assignments.

Four-Week Elective Blocks 2021–22

Start Date End Date *Final Drop Date
April 5, 2021 May 2, 2021 February 4, 2021
May 3, 2021 May 30, 2021 March 4, 2021
May 31, 2021 June 27, 2021 April 1, 2021
July 5, 2021 August 1, 2021 May 6, 2021
August 2, 2021 August 29, 2021 June 3, 2021
August 30, 2021 September 26, 2021 July 1, 2021
October 4, 2021 October 31, 2021 August 5, 2021
November 1, 2021 November 28, 2021 September 2, 2021
November 29, 2021 December 26, 2021 September 30, 2021
January 3, 2022 January 30, 2022 November 4, 2021
January 31, 2022 February 27, 2022 December 2, 2021
February 28, 2022 March 27, 2022 December 30, 2021
April 4, 2022 May 1, 2022 February 3, 2022
May 2, 2022 May 29, 2022 March 3, 2022
May 30, 2022 June 26, 2022 March 31, 2022
*Courses are eligible to drop until 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time of the date listed. Final drop dates are for NYU matriculants only.

Two-Week Elective Blocks 2021–22

Start Date End Date *Final Drop Date
April 5, 2021 April 18, 2021 February 4, 2021
April 19, 2021 May 2, 2021 February 18, 2021
May 3, 2021 May 16, 2021 March 4, 2021
May 17, 2021 May 30, 2021 March 18, 2021
May 31, 2021 June 13, 2021 April 1, 2021
June 14, 2021 June 27, 2021 April 15, 2021
July 5, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 6, 2021
July 19, 2021 August 1, 2021 May 20, 2021
August 2, 2021 August 15, 2021 June 3, 2021
August 16, 2021 August 29, 2021 June 17, 2021
August 30, 2021 September 12, 2021 July 1, 2021
September 13, 2021 September 26, 2021 July 15, 2021
October 4, 2021 October 17, 2021 August 5, 2021
October 18, 2021 October 31, 2021 August 19, 2021
November 1, 2021 November 14, 2021 September 2, 2021
November 15, 2021 November 28, 2021 September 16, 2021
November 29, 2021 December 12, 2021 September 30, 2021
December 13, 2021 December 26, 2021 October 14, 2021
January 3, 2022 January 16, 2022 November 4, 2021
January 17, 2022 January 30, 2022 November 18, 2021
January 31, 2022 February 13, 2022 December 2, 2021
February 14, 2022 February 27, 2022 December 16, 2021
February 28, 2022 March 13, 2022 December 30, 2021
March 14, 2022 March 27, 2022 January 13, 2022
April 4, 2022 April 17, 2022 February 3, 2022
April 18, 2022 May 1, 2022 February 17, 2022
May 2, 2022 May 15, 2022 March 3, 2022
May 16, 2022 May 29, 2022 March 17, 2022
May 30, 2022 June 12, 2022 March 31, 2022
June 13, 2022 June 26, 2022 April 14, 2022
*Courses are eligible to drop until 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time of the date listed. Final drop dates are for NYU matriculants only.